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Left Coast Conservative
04-29-2011, 5:10 PM
Over in the 2nd Amendment Forum there is a discussion on carry while hunting and fishing:

Opening day Trout Season and 12025 (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=426379)

That brings up my question. My avatar is a picture of me suited up and ready to start fishing on Yellow Creek last year. The vest is one I have used for years, and it carries a lot o' stuff. Which holster would people recommend I use to carry a 1911 Government model .45 ACP pistol?

I don't really like the idea of the gun underneath the vest, nor do i like the idea of the gun on top of the vest. I'm spending 99.99% of my time fishing (I fervently hope!).

There is a pack compartment on the back. Maybe some kind of scabbard without a belt stored in the pack?

Maybe a 1942 tanker holster?

Impress me with your wisdom. ;)

FUBAR
04-29-2011, 5:35 PM
How about a vertical shoulder rig.

jermzzzzzzz
04-29-2011, 5:43 PM
http://www.kramerleather.com/products.cfm?categoryID=34

cindynles
04-29-2011, 8:04 PM
Guides Choice.......

http://www.diamonddcustomleather.com/Chest_Holsters.php

http://www.diamonddcustomleather.com/images/albums/NewAlbum_c26bf/tn_1200_Diamond_D_Custom_Leather_Stock_Photos_Sept ember_29th_114.jpg.jpg

jyo
04-29-2011, 8:39 PM
Really nice rig, but I don't know how well leather will hold-up around all that water---can someone out there recommend a similar rig in plastic?

Left Coast Conservative
04-29-2011, 9:35 PM
Guides Choice.......

http://www.diamonddcustomleather.com/Chest_Holsters.php

http://www.diamonddcustomleather.com/images/albums/NewAlbum_c26bf/tn_1200_Diamond_D_Custom_Leather_Stock_Photos_Sept ember_29th_114.jpg.jpg

This rig looks pretty good, and something like this is not unexpected. I like that I can carry an extra magazine with this rig.

Andy Taylor
04-29-2011, 9:36 PM
www.simplyrugged.com

Get the Chesty Puller harness and use any standard belt holster you have, or get one of the ones they offer.

emc002
04-29-2011, 10:06 PM
I grew up fly fishing in California and have always free-waded. Sure, shorts and tennis shoes (now Keens, gotta love technological advances) aren't fancy, but I always outfish the Orvis poster-child Bay Area refugees that fish my waters :p
Anyway, since I don't wear waders in CA, I carry my XD in an IWB TT Gunleather holster under my vest.
If I was wearing chest waders (like when I duck hunt) I don't know of any rig I'd really trust to get to fast. Probably just put my pocket pistol & holster into the front zipper pocket of the waders.

Foriegn power
04-29-2011, 10:25 PM
+1, pistol or revolver in my wader chest pocket.

Left Coast Conservative
04-30-2011, 7:37 AM
www.simplyrugged.com

Get the Chesty Puller harness and use any standard belt holster you have, or get one of the ones they offer.

Okay! I like that this systems allows one to use a holster that they already have. Keeps that big box o' holsters small.

cineski
04-30-2011, 7:44 AM
http://www.survivalsheath.com/holsters/index.htm
http://www.alaskasportsmanproducts.com/
http://www.copsplus.com/prodnum3441.php
http://www.wwlholsters.com/chest-carry.asp
http://www.professionaloperatorskit.com/POK.html
http://www.opticsplanet.net/universal-special-ops-pistol-harness-black.html
http://www.bianchi-intl.com/product/Prod.php?TxtModelID=M13

I have a Bianchi military holster for the outdoors. Love it.

scarville
04-30-2011, 8:33 AM
I have a Grizzy Tuff holster for my 686 w/6" bbl. I've never used it while fishing, though.

http://www.grizzlytuff.com/

Left Coast Conservative
04-30-2011, 9:14 AM
... about carry options.

Is a 1911 Government really the best choice. It is large, so it would be harder to carry, but if I did, then the chest holster options seem good. Perhaps holster over waders, and then vest over holster.

However, a .38 Special snub nose in the front wader pocket has a simplicity that is hard to ignore. Get one of those hammerless models, and I am sure there are tons of these available used in good condition for a bargain price.

cindynles
04-30-2011, 9:33 AM
... about carry options.

Is a 1911 Government really the best choice. It is large, so it would be harder to carry, but if I did, then the chest holster options seem good. Perhaps holster over waders, and then vest over holster.

However, a .38 Special snub nose in the front wader pocket has a simplicity that is hard to ignore. Get one of those hammerless models, and I am sure there are tons of these available used in good condition for a bargain price.

What are you carrying it for? People or wildlife? I think I'd want something a little bigger if I were in bear/cougar country.

emc002
04-30-2011, 11:11 AM
What are you carrying it for? People or wildlife? I think I'd want something a little bigger if I were in bear/cougar country.

He's not in Alaska!
I carry a .45 when I'm out & about in the Sierra Mountains (my backyard, BTW) and the bears I have run across run the other way. And the chances of you getting your pistol out of your waders if it's a mountain lion are about nil, assuming you even hear the sneaky bastard. Take this from someone that deals with these animals on my ranch in the mountains and that occasionally take my livestock.

So bottom line, carry what works for you as long as it's .38+P or better IMHO.

Now in Alaska? Yep, I carry a .460 S&W 5" barrel, but I doubt even that would save my butt from a grizzly.

scarville
04-30-2011, 12:04 PM
Guides Choice.......

http://www.diamonddcustomleather.com/Chest_Holsters.php
That's a nice looking rig. I'm going to find out about one for my 686.

(In before the 1911 guys start griping about the gun not bening cocked and locked. :p)

cindynles
04-30-2011, 1:37 PM
He's not in Alaska!
I carry a .45 when I'm out & about in the Sierra Mountains (my backyard, BTW) and the bears I have run across run the other way. And the chances of you getting your pistol out of your waders if it's a mountain lion are about nil, assuming you even hear the sneaky bastard. Take this from someone that deals with these animals on my ranch in the mountains and that occasionally take my livestock.

So bottom line, carry what works for you as long as it's .38+P or better IMHO.

Now in Alaska? Yep, I carry a .460 S&W 5" barrel, but I doubt even that would save my butt from a grizzly.

Fair enough. You could also go with an M7 Tanker holster for $39. A bonus with the M7 is that it fits a Buckmark in addition to a 1911. 2 holsters for the price of 1.

http://www.pacificcanvasandleather.com/holsters/pcl_56_r.htm

Here is mine with my Buckmark in it.
http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss20/cindynles/IMG_0874.jpg

http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss20/cindynles/IMG_0875.jpg